1. EQUAL RIGHTS

    High Court Strikes Down DOMA

    Demonstrators gather in front of the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday, June 25, 2013, in Washington, DC. The court is expected to rule on a case on the Defense of Marriage Act and other gay rights issues this week.

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    In a historic victory for gay rights, the Supreme Court struck down the Defense of Marriage Act, the 1996 law that prevented the federal government from recognizing same-sex marriage. In a 5-4 decision written by Justice Anthony Kennedy, the court ruled that DOMA is an unconstitutional deprivation of equal liberty, a violation of the Fifth Amendment. The ruling will allow federal benefits—tax breaks, insurance for government employees—to couples in D.C. and the 12 states (13, now that California’s Proposition 8 has been dismissed) that already recognize same-sex marriage.

    Violation of Fifth Amendment.

    "No more DOMA!" After hearing news of the ruling, crowds outside the Supreme Court erupted in cheers.

    Read it at SCOTUSblog